1995 United Nations £2 Coin: A Complete Guide

Come together with the entire world in commemoration of the United Nations. Add this much sought-after piece of history to your collection. Coin collectors are delighted to find a 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations £2 coin to add to their collection.

How Much Is The 1995 United Nations £2 Coin Worth?

The face value of a Two-Pound coin is two pounds. However, this 1995 coin tends to sell for an impressive average sold price on eBay of £11.38, according to the latest values.

Is The 1995 United Nations £2 Coin Rare?

The 1995 United Nations coin has a total mintage of 1,750,000. There was another special commemorative coin issued the same year that featured a Dove of Peace to mark 50 years since the end of World War II. Keeping the two coins together in a collection is always a plus. Both coins are highly sought after.

Additionally, the 1995 UN Two-Pound coin minted the coin in silver and gold as well as in collector sets. These include:

  • Specimen in presentation folder
  • Specimen in card issued as part of a multi-country UN collection
  • Silver Proof FDC with 175,000 issued in 0.925 Silver with a diameter of 28.40 mm, 15.98 grams of sterling silver 92.50%, ASW 0.4752 oz.
  • Silver Proof Piedfort with 10,000 issued in 0.925 Silver
  • Gold Proof FDC with 2,098 issued in 0.917 Gold with a diameter of 28.40 mm, 15.98 grams of 22-carat gold 91.66%, AGW 0.4707 oz. The gold versions of these special coins represented the original Double Sovereign, so it held the same parameters. Although, the Royal Mint issued no St. George type double sovereigns during these years.

Design and Meaning of the 1995 United Nations £2 Coin

1995 United Nations £2 Coin design
Design of the 1995 UN £2 coin – Credit

From 1986 until the coin changed to a bi-metallic version in 1997, the Two-Pound coin was issued as commemorative coins issuing a total of 7 different designs over a five-year period. They were produced largely to appeal to collectors. They were minted in nickel-brass, silver, and gold. They are typically collected and kept by collectors and not circulated.

Before the coin changed its design to the modern-day Two-Pound coin, it was called the Double Sovereign. The Double sovereign was a gold coin with a nominal value of two pounds sterling, or 40 shillings. Under the reign of George III in 1820, the coin was considered to be a pattern coin using the design of Benedetto Pistrucci that featured George and Dragon.

The Double Sovereign originals never entered circulation until 1887 when a new Double Sovereign was issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. From 1823 through 1996, the two-pound coin was minted only occasionally. Starting when Queen Elizabeth II came to reign, the coin’s obverse began to feature an effigy of the Queen.

The obverse of the United Nations two-pound coin features the Raphael David Maklouf effigy which appeared on the obverse from 1985 to 1996. This is considered to be the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. She is facing right wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament. She is also wearing a pearl necklace and earrings.

The incuse lettering on her neck truncation read RDM to indicate the designer, Raphael David Maklouf’s initials. Around the outside rim reads ELIZABETH * II * DEI * GRATIA * REGINA * F * D * TWO POUNDS. Translated from Latin, this means Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Most Double Sovereign coins were made of 22-Carat Crown Gold. In 1986, the two-pound coin changed to a single brass alloy. Since the coin changed its look again with the 1998 release, circulating two-pound coins have been produced using bi-metallic cupronickel as well as some gold strikings for commemorative collecting purposes.

The 1995 United Nations Two-Pound coin was made of Nickel-brass with a 2.0 mm thickness, a diameter of 28.4 mm, and a weight of 15.98 grams.

The edge is milled and plain with no inscription.

The reverse of the 1995 two-pound features a design by Michael Rizzello. It was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the forming of the United Nations. It features the words NATIONS UNITED FOR PEACE arced over an image of flags fanned out around the UN logo of a world map surrounded by two olive branches and the number 50 encompassing the UN symbol. Underneath the image is the dates 1945-1995 curved upward and centred. The designer’s initials MR are seen toward the bottom of the flags and to the left of the Number 50.

Michael Rizello designed the reverse of the coin. He was a sculptor who served in the military during and after World War II. After he had served in the military, he studied at the Royal College of Art. During his more than 30 years at the Royal Mint, he designed coins and medals for many countries. When he designed the flags on the coin’s image, he deliberately avoided any reference to numbers, individual member states, or their perceived importance. He simply wanted it to reflect nations uniting.

What Does The United Nations £2 Coin Represent?

The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations was celebrated in an effort to raise the banner of hope wherever there is need, conflict, and tension in the world.

In the aftermath of a devastating war, the United Nations was established in an effort to maintain world peace and security while working for social progress. The idea is rooted in meetings between US President Franklin D Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill that took place aboard warships off the coast of Newfoundland. Their Atlantic Charter called for the fullest collaboration between all nations to find peace.

In June of 1945, about fifty nations met in San Francisco to approve the United Nations Charter. On October 24, 1945, the Charter was ratified and brought into effect.

The United Nations purpose is to resolve potential conflicts peacefully, to alleviate poverty, hunger, and the ravages of disease while ensuring that every man, woman, and child in the world enjoys basic human rights and the protection of the law.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali stated, “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations is a time to project into the future our vision of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world to spread the spirit of cooperation among the peoples of the world, to celebrate and to share a vision of the great potential of this unique Organization.”

Where Can You Buy The 1995 United Nations £2 Coin?

Looking online at eBay is a quick and easy way to find coins. Just make sure you do your homework to be sure of exactly what you are buying. The average selling price on eBay.co.uk is £11.38 for this specific profile of the 1995 United Nations Two-Pound coin. As always, the exact price is going to depend upon what condition the coin is in.